GD to Purchase Advanced Technical Products

Thursday, May 02, 2002
General Dynamics and Advanced Technical Products, Inc. today entered into a definitive agreement for General Dynamics to acquire all 5.89 million outstanding shares of Advanced Technical Products (ATP) for a cash purchase price of $33.50 per share. In addition, General Dynamics would assume approximately $36.2 million of ATP's net debt and retire approximately $16.2 million in ATP stock options, bringing the transaction's value to approximately $250 million. The acquisition would be immediately accretive to General Dynamics' earnings. ATP closed at $28.53 in yesterday's trading. The proposed transaction, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is subject to ATP shareholder and regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. It is expected to be completed within the next 60 days. Upon completion of the acquisition, ATP will become part of General Dynamics Armament Systems, and the combined entity will be known as General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. ATP anticipates revenues of approximately $235 million in 2002. The purchase of ATP gives General Dynamics a strong technology position on key programs aligned with homeland defense and DoD transformation initiatives. ATP is an industry leader in composites technology and production; Armament Systems is an industry leader in integrated armament products for air, land and sea platforms. "Although we make different products, our companies serve many of the same customers and have highly complementary technologies. The combined organization will be able to expand into new growth markets," said Linda Hudson, president of General Dynamics Armament Systems. When the transaction closes, Hudson will be the president of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.

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